Study Support

When you, as a working member, wish to improve your professional skills and strengthen your position in the job market, you may be entitled to as much as SEK 3,250 per term for costs such as course fees, literature and materials.

You are entitled to apply if you are a member and fulfil certain criteria

If you are a working member of Unionen, you can apply for a study grant for course fees dated after the qualification period of 6 months, i.e. from the seventh month of your membership. Those who have been a working member of another trade union for at least 6 months and have transferred directly to Unionen can apply for a grant for course fees dated from your first day of membership in Unionen, on provision of proof of membership from your previous trade union. Learn more about who can apply. The same rules apply to Unionen Self-employed and Unionen Manager. 

You can apply for the following

We reimburse fees for teacher-led courses that develop your professional skills and strengthen your position in the job market. Learn more about which courses we do and don’t provide study support for.

You can have your expenses reimbursed for course fees, literature and materials that the provider of the course certifies that you need for the course/study programme in question. Learn more about which course costs you can have reimbursed.

You can apply for study support for the spring, summer and autumn terms. Learn more about how terms are divided.

This is how to apply for study support from Unionen

Step 1

Download, print out and complete the form study support application. Before completing the form, please read through the FAQs below regarding applying for study support.

Step 2

Send your application, together with original receipts or invoices and proof of payments from your bank, course certificates and literature/materials lists, to

Unionens Studiestöd
FE 10110
838 78 Frösön 

Learn more about what documentation we require 

Please note! The time required to process your application is approximately 5 weeks. You can log in at unionen.se to see the status of your application under “My details”. 

Learn more about our terms and conditions by scrolling down or clicking on an individual question link: 

  1. Who can apply for Unionen study support?
    - Are you a member of Unionen Student?
    - What does “working member” mean?
  2. For which courses can I apply for study support?
    - Are there any courses for which I CAN’T apply for study support?
    - What does “teacher-led online and distance course” mean?
  3. Which course costs can I have reimbursed?
    - Which course costs can I NOT have reimbursed?
    - Subscription fees for courses offered
    - Can I receive reimbursement for course fees paid for by my employer or my own company?
    - What do I need to know about invoice and receipt dates?
    - What is the earliest date I can buy my course literature?
  4. How much study support can I get?
    - How are terms divided?
  5. How do I apply for study support?
  6. Has my application been received? When can I expect to hear from you? 
  7. What information do I need to submit?
  8. Can I apply for study support retroactively for a course I attended several years ago?
  9. What applies to me as self-employed when applying for Unionen study support?
  10. I am currently a working member but will shortly begin studying. Should I then join Unionen Student?
  11. What is the situation if I want to begin studying but am currently unemployed?
  12. Do you have any questions for us? You are welcome to telephone or email us. You will find our contact information here. 

1. Who can apply for Unionen study support?

  • As a working member of Unionen for a minimum of 6 months, you can apply for study support for course fees dated from your seventh month of membership onwards.
  • As a working member of Unionen who has been a member of another trade union for a minimum of 6 months, and who transferred directly to Unionen, you can apply for study support for course fees dated from your first month of membership.
  • As a working member of Unionen who has been a member of Unionen Student for a minimum of 6 months, and who transferred directly to Unionen, you can apply for study support for course fees dated from your first month of membership.

Are you a member of Unionen Manager? The same rules apply as to working members of Unionen, see above.

Are you a member of Unionen Self-employed? The same rules apply as to working members of Unionen. However, study support is offered to you as a private individual rather than as a business contribution.

Are you solely a member of Unionen’s unemployment insurance fund? You are therefore not covered by the membership benefits extended to members of the Unionen trade union, such as study support, etc.

You must be registered as a working member at the time we receive your application.

Are you a member of Unionen Student?

Learn more about study support for students. (Litterature grant)

What does “working member” mean?

Working member is a form of membership. Working members are those who are; employed, who are members of Unionen Manager or Unionen Self-employed, and those whose temporary status is on parental leave, unemployed, studying or on long-term sick leave.

2. For which courses can I apply for study support?

You can apply for study support regardless of whether you study full-time or are developing your professional skills while continuing to work. Unionen study support is available for both longer study programmes and shorter evening or one-day courses. You may be studying a new language, marketing, law or a new software program, or something completely different that will enable you to develop work-related skills and strengthen your position in the labour market.

Reimbursement is available for courses attended at colleges, universities, adult education centres or vocational colleges. The cost of courses offered at community colleges, study associations and private-sector training companies may be reimbursed, depending on the course subject and contents. Unionen study support is also available for studies abroad.

Reimbursement is also available for the cost of instructor-led lessons for obtaining a category B drivers license. We reimburse you for driving lessons, instructor-led theory course, Risk 1 and Risk 2 (skid pan) and course literature that your driving school certifies as necessary for the course in question.

Are there any courses for which I CAN’T apply for study support?

  • Leisure and hobby based courses
  • Self-studies without teacher supervision
  • Distance learning and online study programmes without teacher supervision
  • Courses where the aim is for the new skills learnt to be practised in your workplace in addition to your normal duties, such as courses in massage, diet and nutrition, etc.
  • Courses in preventive healthcare and personal development including mindfulness, counselling or inspirational/motivational seminars, yoga or stress management. You can, however, apply for the reimbursement for a course that leads to an instructor qualification in any of the areas mentioned. 

What does “teacher-led online and distance course” mean?

We only reimburse the cost of courses that are teacher led. If you take a distance or online course, you need to have an opportunity for interaction/dialogue/personal contact and supervision by a teacher while the course is in progress. This may take place via Skype, e-mail, Facebook, telephone, chat, video conferencing or by submitted assignments on which the course leader provides feedback. The information provided by the course arranger (course description or certificate) must show in what way the course is teacher-led.

3. Which course costs can I have reimbursed?

We will reimburse you for costs such as your student union membership fee, course literature and materials (e.g. software, calculator or anything else that you may need for the course as specified by the school). 

If you have a certificate from the school stating that you need your own computer for the course, you may receive an amount equivalent to one term’s grant for the term during which the computer was purchased. You can get a certified receipt copy for any warranty matters regarding your computer if you notify us of this.  If you lease a computer, you can receive a one term amount for your leasing contract over a 3-year period.

Which course costs can I NOT have reimbursed?

Subscription charges for course provision 

If you pay a subscription charge which gives you access to a range of courses, you can apply for study support for this. The courses must meet our criteria – they must be teacher-led, you must be able to benefit from them professionally and they must strengthen your position in the labour market. You can send us your application once you have a certificate for a course you have started in the term in question and that you wish to seek reimbursement for. 

Can I receive reimbursement for course fees paid for by my employer or my own company?

Because we reimburse you as an individual member and not as an employer or company, all invoices issued to you must be in your name and paid by you personally, rather than by your employer or any company.

If you are a member of Unionen Self-employed, you can receive reimbursement both for course costs that you have paid for privately and for those which are paid for by you as a sole trader. However, we cannot reimburse course costs paid by your own company if this is in a form other than a sole trader. 

What do I need to know about invoice and receipt dates?

Receipts and invoices must be dated during the period of your working membership and after you have completed the qualification period of 6 months. 

What is the earliest date I can buy my course literature?

You need to buy your course literature close to the date when the course starts. We accept receipts for the purchase of course literature as follows:

  • Spring term (weeks 1-24): Purchases made from 1 December
  • Summer term (weeks 25-32): Purchases made from 1 May
  • Autumn term (weeks 33-52): Purchases made from 1 July

 4. How much study support can I get?

You can receive up to SEK 3,250 per term for courses that take place during 2017. When you have received SEK 13,000, you can reapply for study support after 3 years. Even if you do not receive the full amount, you can still reapply for a new period of study support after 3 years have elapsed. For applications regarding spring, summer or autumn terms 2016, the maximum amount payable is SEK 3,200 per term, with a total amount of SEK 12,800.

How are terms divided for courses arranged by providers other than universities/colleges. 

Our terms follow the Swedish academic terms (spring and autumn) with the addition of an extra summer term – as and when confirmed by the school or academic institution in question. As regards courses/study programmes offered by course providers other than, for example, colleges, universities, community colleges and adult education centres, the following term dates apply: Spring term: Weeks 1-24. Summer term: Weeks 25-32. Autumn term: Weeks 33-52. It is the course date that determines which term the application refers to.

 5. How do I apply for study support?

Once you have paid your course costs, started the course and have all the documentation, you may send us your application by post. The address is shown at the bottom of the application form. If you need to send in any supplementary information, we will e-mail you during the processing of your application. 

For applications arriving 1 January 2017 or later, we will need to receive your supplementary information within one year of the date we received your application. Supplementary information for applications received by us before 31 December 2016 must be received by us no later than 31 December 2017. 

In order to keep the processing time to a minimum, we ask you to apply for each term separately. If you are applying for the reimbursement of more than one course run by different schools/course providers, please complete one application for each of the school/course providers. Make sure to include all the documents and certificates required with your application. Receipts and invoices must be dated during the period of your working membership of Unionen and after you have completed the qualification period of 6 months.

You must be registered as a working member at the time we receive your application.

Please note that the Unionen Study Foundation reserves the right to ask for the repayment of any incorrect payments.

Please send your application form and accompanying documents to:

Unionens Studiestöd
FE 10110
838 78 Frösön 

 6. Has my application been received? When can I expect to hear from you?

Log in and click on ‘My details’ (Mina uppgifter) and ‘My Study Support’ (Mitt studiestöd). Here, you can see if your application is registered as received, your current application status, how much study support you have received so far and how much more you can still apply for. When logging in, use the e-mail address that you have previously submitted to Unionen.

In order to speed up the application process, it is important that you carefully read and follow the instructions above under ‘This is how you apply’. Make sure that you submit all the documents required together with your completed application form so that you do not have to submit any additional information as this would only prolong the process. If, when processing your application we see that any information is missing, we will contact you by e-mail. When your completed application has been approved, you will receive the money in your bank account the following week.

Processing an application usually takes around 5 weeks (from the week the application is received until the week payment is made). However, please note that between December and February, the processing of applications may take anything between 5 to 8 weeks. The processing time is dependent on the number of applications received and how many of these require supplementary information.

 7. What information do I need to submit?

  1. Download the application form here
    - Please include the following with your application form: 
  2. 2.1 Certificate from the school/course provider specifying your name, personal identity number, what course you have enrolled on and how long the course lasts. This certificate must be dated close to the actual term date or later.
    2.2 If you take a distance or online course, we need a certificate/documentation from the course provider (course description or course certificate) stating your opportunities for interaction/dialogue/personal contact and supervision by a teacher while the course is in progress. This may for example take place via Skype, e-mail, Facebook, telephone, chat, video conferencing or by submitted assignments on which the course leader provides feedback.
    2.3 If you attend a driving course, we require a certificate from your driving school with your name, the name of the course (e.g. B License), the period of the course and the dates of completed instructor-led theory and driving lessons, Risk 1, Risk 2 (skid pan), as well as original receipts or invoices and payment receipts.
  3. Material list – if you are studying a practical subject. The material list must be issued by the course provider. The course provider must verify any additions or amendments that you make to the literature list. 
  4. Literature list – if you are studying a theoretical subject. The literature list must be issued by the course provider. The course provider must verify any additions or amendments that you make to the literature list. If you are writing a thesis and have chosen the literature yourself, the literature list must be verified by your academic supervisor.
  5. Original receipts for the purchase of literature/materials or for course fees. NB! Receipts and invoices relating to course literature/materials must be dated in close conjunction to the term/course period in question and receipts must be dated during your working membership of Unionen and after you have completed your 6-month qualification period.
    - When paying online using a debit or credit card, include the delivery note/order confirmation showing the price and proof of payment from your bank.
    - When paying against an invoice, send the original or e-mailed invoice, together with proof of payment, such as an internet bank statement or payment order showing the account holder (your name), recipient’s name, amount and date of payment.
  6. Second-hand books.  Option 1. When buying second-hand books, please include a handwritten receipt in original with the following information:
    - Purchase date and the buyer’s name
    - Seller’s signature, printed name and telephone number
    - Book title, price and method of payment
    Option 2. When buying second-hand books on Blocket, please include the following: A handwritten original receipt (as above) or e-mail correspondence with the seller in which the book title and price are stated, together with an internet bank statement showing that you have paid for the books.
  7. Proof of membership of another trade union that you would like or should be taken into account together with your application.

​We recommend that you make copies of all relevant documentation before submitting your application to us.

 8. Can I apply for study support retroactively for a course I attended several years ago? 

You can either apply for study support for the current term or up to 1 year retroactively. Receipts and invoices for course fees must be dated during the period of your working membership and after you have completed the qualification period of 6 months, see the example below. You must have a continuous membership in Unionen from the term for which you a seeking study support up until the date your application is received.

Example:

As a working member of Unionen for a minimum of 6 months, you can apply for study support for course fees dated from your seventh month of membership onwards.
As a working member of Unionen who has been a member of another trade union for a minimum of 6 months, and who transferred directly to Unionen, you can apply for study support for course fees dated from your first month of membership.
As a working member of Unionen who has been a member of Unionen Student for a minimum of 6 months, and who transferred directly to Unionen, you can apply for study support for course fees dated from your first month of membership.

You must submit your study support application for spring term 2016 to us no later than week 24 (of 2017), for summer term 2016 no later than week 32 (of 2017) and for autumn term 2016 no later than week 52 (of 2017). 

You must be registered as a working member at the time we receive and process your application. 

Learn more about study support for your course costs from your period as a member of Unionen Student here. (Information in Swedish only)

  9. What applies to me as self-employed when applying for Unionen study support?

Are you a member of Unionen Self-employed? The same rules apply as to working members of Unionen. However, study support is offered to you as a private individual rather than as a business contribution.

Because we reimburse you as an individual member and not as an employer or company, the invoice must be issued to you and paid by you as a private individual.
If you are a member of Unionen Self-employed, you can receive reimbursement both for course costs that you have paid for privately and for those which are paid for by you as a sole trader. However, we cannot reimburse course costs paid by your own company if this is in a form other than a sole trader.  

 10. I am currently a working member but will shortly begin studying. Should I then join Unionen Student?

No, you should keep your working membership as this entitles you to apply for study support of up to SEK 3,250 per term provided that you meet the membership conditions. Learn more here about how you can lower your membership fee while you are studying. (Information in Swedish only)

One of the criteria for receiving study support is that you are a working member. It is therefore more beneficial for you to remain in this membership category. Unionen Student is mainly intended for completely new Unionen members. 

11. What is the situation if I want to begin studying but am currently unemployed?

If you would like to study part-time and still receive unemployment benefit, you must apply to Unionen’s Unemployment Insurance Fund. In order to avoid the risk of losing your unemployment benefit, you must not begin your studies until you receive a decision from your Unemployment Insurance Fund. For more information, visit Unionen’s Unemployment Insurance Fund

12. Do you have any questions for us?

Send your question or call us on +46 (0)771 272 810 during normal telephone hours: 9 am-12 noon and 1 pm-4 pm.

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